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  1. Comment on Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Exploring many languages is good, so I agree @ainar-g's advice. The great thing with Go is that it is blazing fast to get started if you know any ALGOL-like language, be it C or Java or Python or...

    Exploring many languages is good, so I agree @ainar-g's advice.

    The great thing with Go is that it is blazing fast to get started if you know any ALGOL-like language, be it C or Java or Python or Ruby. I recall it taking me a couple days to write a file system watcher CLI app from almost zero practical knowledge of the language to completion.

    Interfaces are a great idea that I love.

    If I was to pick one of them as my main tool, I'd look at what I genrally want to do: if I value correctness over developer comfort and speed, I'd pick Rust; if I wanted to get started quickly and Go's tradeoffs don't pose a problem, I'd pick Go.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Basically a good plan which helps me not get stuck as I go further when writing code. I think where I fail is I fail to translate the general mockups in my head into program components, and maybe...

    Basically a good plan which helps me not get stuck as I go further when writing code. I think where I fail is I fail to translate the general mockups in my head into program components, and maybe that's because I haven't put in the time to learn my tools in depth, especially languages and frameworks.

    I wonder if I just pick up Python 3 and decide to write say ten basic apps to completion with various libraries (like e.g. a simple outliner with Django, Flask, GTK, QT, etc.), would that help?

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Who is "John Smith" in your country? in ~talk

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    In Turkish I see Mehmet Yılmaz (male) and Ayşe Yılmaz (female) often, tho I'm not sure if we have a generic name as distinct as John Doe/Smith. There are also Ali/Veli/Selami and...

    In Turkish I see Mehmet Yılmaz (male) and Ayşe Yılmaz (female) often, tho I'm not sure if we have a generic name as distinct as John Doe/Smith. There are also Ali/Veli/Selami and Ayşe/Fatma/Hayriye as male and female generic names like Italian Caio/Tizio/Sempronio.

    Hagop is probably Turkish-Armenian version of John, tho IDK what surname would be the most common/generic.

    Eleni & Nikos are the most generic Greek names.

    Rojin/Rojan are generic Kurdish names.

    BTW, don't take my word for minority names, my knowledge is totally subjective and lacking.

  4. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

  5. Comment on Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    I'm an okay hacker: I'll put together scripts and Emacs modes that solve my problems. But when it comes to designing actual systems, with many parts and a proper structure to them, I fail. For...

    I'm an okay hacker: I'll put together scripts and Emacs modes that solve my problems. But when it comes to designing actual systems, with many parts and a proper structure to them, I fail. For example when I try to build an extensible class library or an app, I fail to come up with good designs. Why is that and how can I remedy it?

    Meta:

    1. Sure!
    2. Consider biweekly, it was the best fit for the ~books threads. But it's not hard to imagine that programming stuff will be way more popular, so weekly may work better. I'd say a month in between is too long.
    3. I guess they could be allowed until somebody takes the initiative to make a separate thread for them.
    5 votes
  6. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    Hey, I really appreciate this, thanks a lot! And please excuse me if I was over the top with my tone or manner, as you said, I never expected something like this out of him.

    Hey, I really appreciate this, thanks a lot! And please excuse me if I was over the top with my tone or manner, as you said, I never expected something like this out of him.

    7 votes
  7. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    Code-wise, I don't think he does much anymore. I definitely don't see him post or commit often (ever?) to Emacs, tho it's been long time that I don't follow mailing lists anymore. He's mostly...

    I'd also like to know what projects, if any, Stallman was still a major contributor to or maintainer of, as well as how his departure is going to affect various FSF projects. Once a replacement for him is selected, I'll be asking the same questions about the replacement as well.

    Code-wise, I don't think he does much anymore. I definitely don't see him post or commit often (ever?) to Emacs, tho it's been long time that I don't follow mailing lists anymore.

    He's mostly touring around giving talks regarding free software, it seems to me.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on Kind Words (Tildes Edition) in ~talk

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    I have been through this many times in the past few years: one side of me desires passionately to become a scientist + teacher, but the other side is in constant doubt: will I make it? will I like...

    I have been through this many times in the past few years: one side of me desires passionately to become a scientist + teacher, but the other side is in constant doubt: will I make it? will I like it? what will I do if I dont? Difficult, exhausting, and people just don't understand this if they haven't been through. People who know I know programming think that I'm an idiot for not doing that instead, for it pays better, let alone sympathising with the FUD my brain creates for me to suffer...

    I think it's really really brave of you that you admit your resentments and growing dislike of your job. Especially given the amount of effort you've put in to it. That's the hardest step to take: to recognise. As you grow older, as time goes by, it becomes a success in and of itself to want fundamental change. Congratulations for that! I really sympathise with you.

    In my little life the solution would be "fuck this I'm outta here": I'd probably quit right away, assuming no big responsibilities. I'd even suffice becoming a server or barista, if that means I'm happier. The reason I'm talking about myself is that I don't know your responsibilities. If you were a friend of mine, and you were single (or at least didn't have children), and we were talking over a beer, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest you change careers. "Fuck effort, if it's not making you happy now, or it won't make you happy in the future, what does it mean to have put effort into it," I'd say, confidently.

    Can't you get back into teaching if you want it later? You could give yourself a little sabbatical. If your economical situation allows it, well, this life happens once, and if you ask me, I'd rather be happy than well-off in it.

    You deserve to do something that makes you happy, or at least doesn't eat the happiness you already have away. IMHO just do it if you can afford it!

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Richard Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation, and from his position at MIT in ~tech

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    Same here. I defended him initially (and a bit harshly, it seems), and I somehow continued that after reading what GeekFeminism wiki has to say, but the Appendix A of Salem made me realise, wow,...

    Same here. I defended him initially (and a bit harshly, it seems), and I somehow continued that after reading what GeekFeminism wiki has to say, but the Appendix A of Salem made me realise, wow, who the heck was I defending all along!

    8 votes
  10. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    Thing is, I didn't know things, and people refused to tell me those when I asked what info I lacked. Basically, I looked at the OP, and that was the mere source of my information. I did not...

    Thing is, I didn't know things, and people refused to tell me those when I asked what info I lacked. Basically, I looked at the OP, and that was the mere source of my information. I did not believe the other claims initially, and asked for sources. I did not know the rap sheet of rms, and I was saddened by the initial tone of hungariantoast (like calling someone a motherfucker, regardless of whom, and it's not like they've they haven't admitted they don't like that tone either). W.r.t. author's tone, well, I'm not really at a different position: it's unnecessarily inflammatory, enough to be off-putting, especially if you don't know the list of rms' bad conduct.

    FWIW, I had read the entire article, and the info that made me change my mind wasn't in that, but in the Appendix A that was added after I read the entire thing.

    This is my last comment in this thread, given I am no longer holding the initial perspective I did, and a discussion of good faith or bad faith or my comments in and of themselves (cc @vivaria) is off topic.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Richard M. Stallman resigns as president of the Free Software Foundation in ~tech

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    Hopefully he'll be able to support himself financially hereafter, and we won't hear any sad news from him. But the change is apparently for the better. The other thread showed me how the rather...

    Hopefully he'll be able to support himself financially hereafter, and we won't hear any sad news from him.

    But the change is apparently for the better. The other thread showed me how the rather obscure part of his conduct was unacceptable.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Microsoft's STL is open-sourced in ~comp

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    My inner rms is skeptical of all this, but I'm liking this Microsoft. And it's Apache licence, not some open-but-non-open licence like Apple's or Sun's. I wonder to what extent they'll go, e.g....

    My inner rms is skeptical of all this, but I'm liking this Microsoft. And it's Apache licence, not some open-but-non-open licence like Apple's or Sun's.

    I wonder to what extent they'll go, e.g. will we see NT open sourced one day.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    That's incorrect and I refuse that accusation. All I'm talking about is the post cited in the OP, I was unaware of the rest of the facts about him. As I said before, his interpretation is...

    Inadvertently, you (and others in this thread, on lobste.rs, and on HN) are contributing to these systems as well by defending RMS in the way you have.

    That's incorrect and I refuse that accusation. All I'm talking about is the post cited in the OP, I was unaware of the rest of the facts about him. As I said before, his interpretation is "possible but improbable".

    The other thing I did was to ask for proof as to why Stallman should be removed, because I don't think this e-mail alone requires that. Almost an hour and a half before your comment I've finally found good evidence in @hungariantoast's comment, and declared that thereafter I changed my mind and now support him leaving the leadership positions he's in.

    Extending all that, or the said e-mail itself into all this is irrational. Sorry, but your comment does not really reply mine. The Appendix A that hungariantoast linked does. The entire body of text that you wrote is devoid of any concrete fact that convince someone with scarce knowledge of the situation for the removal of rms, whereas a sum of the GeekFeminism wiki page plus the OP's Appendix A is good enough.

    It is really sad that you can so blatantly accuse people here of something they never did, inadvertendly or not. Behaviour like yours, or @anowlcalledjosh's, or @FZeroRacer's, i.e. accusing fellow Tildes users of bad faith or participating in systems like you describe is unjustified and unfair. Especially given the majority of most prominent users here (nor I) are not part of the priviledged groups you mention.

    The snark in your last sentence is sad.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    I'm more with Warzel here (yes, quite surprisingly, given I don't plan to own nor can afford Apple products, I've read both of these articles...): Gruber apparently (!) likes Apple stuff and sad...

    I'm more with Warzel here (yes, quite surprisingly, given I don't plan to own nor can afford Apple products, I've read both of these articles...): Gruber apparently (!) likes Apple stuff and sad that Warzel has noticed a trend. It's really funny how he concludes "It's all about himself, so full of himself this Warzel guy" (not a literal quote): the harmonics here tell "how do you say something which I could easily ignore but didn't, and how dare you say something, even if not to me directly, that may puncture the bubbles I live in!"

    While I am not a fan of Apple products, and especially the iP* stuff (way to locked down for someone like me), the events are worth watching even for me because especially FOSS Desktop community follows where Apple goes.

    Recent Apple events have nothing to do with what Jobs did. Just watch the event, it introduces absolutely zero innovations, and tries to sell multitasking as a new things ("hey, you can use two apps simultaneously! applause) as if it was 1960's. It even goes as far as to mock a Windows laptop (IIRC calling it a PC, which is funny because a Mac is a PC with MacOS installed, especially since they moved to Intel CPUs). Add to that the fact that the recent products are mostly non-substantial (compare how when introducing iPhone, Apple basically changed the world with a few slides), it all smells of lame upgrades for the sake of it. Add a third cam, up the specs a little, add a few features which are essentially software updates and shouldn't require buying the new hardware.

    And the shifting tone of events, totally true IMO. The last few WWDCs really feel like produced by a mediocre HR department, with text similar to those that describe products in e-commerce websites who outsource the production of such snippets of text. Everything is amazing and new and innovative (they fucking sell multitasking as new in 2019) and great and beautiful. Everything is that-x more better faster quicker sleeker or this-x smaller lighter and whatnot.

    The event is a pure consumerist ritual, and very religious-looking indeed. Just look at the beginning: if you give people great tools, they do great things. Almost as if Apple was some sort of Hephaestus-like God that gives the lowly people stuff they can't manage by themselves, and enable them to do things they couldn't otherwise. Well, meh.

    It really looks like Apple has run out of ideas and instead of doing honest point-releases they're glorifying each iteration as brand-new unprecedented and unexpected stuff. Combined with fraudulent actions regarding repair and user-hostile stuff like this (which makes repair/upgrade have a mild life hazard), really bad image (and that's for a company comprised 3/4 of image). Apple stuff is really rich people material like luxury cars are: if you can afford to buy a spare iPad and a spare Mac laptop when it fails, if it doesn't bother you to pay for a whole motherboard and ram and CPU when something goes wrong with the motherboard, it may be good. But you can buy a flat in Eskisehir, a small university city for the price of a whole set of Apple product line here in Turkey, or if you want, you can even find two-story summer homes for that price.

    8 votes
  15. Comment on Tildylongstockings, what’s your morning routine? in ~talk

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    I'm a night owl, and my mornings are shit. Tho it feels like it has mostly to do with my family: it's a family of night owls, when I am staying elsewhere, I sleep way earlier and wake up earlier....

    I'm a night owl, and my mornings are shit. Tho it feels like it has mostly to do with my family: it's a family of night owls, when I am staying elsewhere, I sleep way earlier and wake up earlier.

    I'm currently unemployed and the school has not started yet, thus when I wake up is totally inconsistent. But, when I wake up, my "routine"---for a lax interpretation of the word---is as follows: reach for the phone, check time, refresh RSS and podcasts, maybe browse a bit in the bed, do the bullet journal things, prepare coffee, actually process the feeds & podcasts (i.e. open tabs in Firefox Android which has a beautiful feature called the Tab Queue; and select which episodes to download for listening to later).

    Hopefully I'll become more consistent with when I sleep and get up when I start school and work. When that happens, I'll add an overnight muesli into that routine; I love that as a breakfast but it's been more than a few months that I skipped it.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    Thanks for these links! Especially that Appendix A, when combined with some stuff in the GeekFeminism wiki page I linked in another comment, paints a very different picture of Stallman, and in...

    Thanks for these links! Especially that Appendix A, when combined with some stuff in the GeekFeminism wiki page I linked in another comment, paints a very different picture of Stallman, and in that light it looks like he better step down. What with scarce knowledge seems to be a couple mistakes or idiosyncratic traits become evidence of a really problematic / abusive personality.

    FWIW, I still don't agree the original article in the way that I stated before (rms is making a valid but unlikely point, i.e. something that's possible, but almost totally improbable, which is that Minsky ignored either or both the coercion the girl was victim of and her age).

    It's sad when you discover this sort of realities behind people you look up to. Stallman has done immense good to the society, both to the tech community and to the entire world; he's kickstarted a great beautiful thing, the Free Software movement, the GNU GPL, the GNU programs. When you look at a person so good and virtuous in one way like this, you expect them to be similarly good and virtuous in other parts of their life. But well, I'm deluded.

    6 votes
  17. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    Well, I will refuse that and leave it at that.

    I'm going to go the full distance here and accuse you of arguing in bad faith.

    Well, I will refuse that and leave it at that.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on "Hello, world" from scratch on a 6502 - Part 1: setting up the CPU in ~comp

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    Hey, thanks a lot! I'm fairly ignorant of these topics (tho I've played with breadboards as a kid), and the guy does a great job at making it really interesting. I've started watching the entire...

    Hey, thanks a lot! I'm fairly ignorant of these topics (tho I've played with breadboards as a kid), and the guy does a great job at making it really interesting. I've started watching the entire build a computer series which includes this video, and it's great.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    I sincerely wonder why that has to be true and how the event at hand (RMS' nitpick around Minsky's BS) relates to women in STEM. The wiki page on him doesn't include anything about misoginy, and a...

    The "point of the article" being that Richard Stallman and his behavior, seniority, fame, and influence are a problem for the inclusion of women in STEM

    I sincerely wonder why that has to be true and how the event at hand (RMS' nitpick around Minsky's BS) relates to women in STEM. The wiki page on him doesn't include anything about misoginy, and a search for "richard stallman misoginy" only returns this blog post and idiotic news stories it prompted. This page has a few negative things but nothing really serious apart from what has been noted here.

    Please illuminate me as to why one of the most important persons in the history of computing and technology needs to be "taken behind the curtains" or removed, when there simply isn't a reason except possibly taking the wrong stance in a couple points in history. If I'm really missing something concrete that renders all this hate somehow just, I really want to learn that.

    8 votes
  20. Comment on Remove Richard Stallman in ~tech

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    I asked for evidence once, to a certain person. And what the OP cites does not substantiate their arguments, which is why I asked for further substantiation. It surely is, but I will not enter...

    Sealioning (also spelled sea-lioning and sea lioning) is a type of trolling or harassment which consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions, while maintaining a pretense of civility.

    I asked for evidence once, to a certain person. And what the OP cites does not substantiate their arguments, which is why I asked for further substantiation.

    Requiring a bare minimum of effort on the part of the reader (for example: going to Marvin Minsky's Wikipedia page instead of asking an easily-answerable question) is not a problem.

    It surely is, but I will not enter that debate here.

    10 votes